Friday 20 September 2019

Carnew throws open windows to past during Heritage Week

Carnew, "A Town of History and Heritage" exhibition at, Colaiste Bhride as part of, National Heritage week; Joe O' Loughlin and organiser, Noelle Keogh.

Fintan Lambe

CARNEW'S rich and varied history was celebrated during Heritage Week recently with two special historical events.

CARNEW'S rich and varied history was celebrated during Heritage Week recently with two special historical events.

An exhibition titled 'Carnew: A Town of History and Heritage' was put together by Noelle Keogh, who spent more than a year interviewing local people, conducting research, and compiling the information on the local area.

The exhibition included photographs, oral interviews, and other historical articles relating to the history and heritage of Carnew.

Noelle said she first got interested in the project through a course with Wicklow Rural Partnership, and her mother Ann Kavanagh and sister Anne-Marie Keogh, helped her put it all together.

The topics covered included memories of school, business, agriculture, and the War years. 'Everyone was surprised with the amount of information gathered,' said Noelle. 'People spent a good bit of time reading it.'

Noelle was particularly interested to learn about the many people from the area who served in World War I, and she was particularly struck by the story of Daniel Somers, who was so popular in his regiment, his friends paid for his remains to be returned home to be buried in Tomacork, after he died of war wounds.

Around 400 people attended the exhibit in Coláiste Bhríde over the two days.

Noelle thanked all who contributed to the project, all who helped her, and all who attended, with particular thanks to Heritage Officer Deirdre Byrne, and school Principal Linda Dunne for their support.

Meanwhile, up the road, Carnew Castle flung open its doors for two days. Members of the public flocked in to view one of the town's, and maybe the county's most elusive building.

Even the weather co-operated and smiled down on the event, and no-one was disappointed with what was revealed inside the high stone walls which run along Carnew's Main Street. Dermot Kenny of Carnew Training and Development Centre said that the castle's quiet other worldly atmosphere and latent beauty charmed all visitors.

'Old Coolattin Country Ltd. organised guided tours, which lasted over 30 minutes and included information on Carnew, the Castle, Irish and European history and the Castle's old trees and exotic plants,' he said.

He said that the owners, the Dabczewski family opened the doors to thank the Heritage Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht in conjunction with Wicklow County Council's Structures at Risk Fund who were very generous with grants to rebuild the Castle Wall which partially collapsed several years ago.

Enniscorthy Guardian